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GROUPOEM – ‘Dirt Church!’ Album Review

GROUPOEM – Dirt Church!

groupoemGroupoem have reunited and released a new album – Dirt Church! The band began in 1983 as “Mr. Science”, before transforming into “Groupoem” in 1986. In 1987, the band went on an American tour and created an extensive catalog of powerful original music defying any comparisons. Following the ’87 tour, Groupoem disbanded and took a break for 25 years, until 2013!

Groupoem band began its journey of regrouping with all original members and began rehearsals working on brand new material. Ironically, all four members of the band separately had migrated from Toronto to the Vancouver, BC area. Thus, the reunion was complete.

Dirt Church! opens with the hook laden Slimfast where power chords meet a semi-spoken/semi-sung vocal that reminded me of the Cramps. Groupoem are certainly different and the 18 tracks take on parts of Art Brut on Affluenza, Wire on Hall Of Shame and The Fall on Flat Earth…but, they are unique despite these references.

There is an art-punk feel to Groupoem with Unshriveled taking on a horror-movie vibe whereas Stalker goes more Pixies in musical approach. Those unique vocals contribute on Frozen as the spoken/sung approach marries Mark E. Smith with Henry Rollins!

Skulls is an absolute rollicking riot with chunky chords, pounding drums and screamed vocals and the title track Dirt Church! Channels Jello Biafra for a sub-two minute punk rock effort. The guitar often drives the songs with heavy licks, some atonal/jazzy interludes exhibited on Good Things and Sustenance.

On Likely Story the band turns up the punk rock tempo and power for 91 seconds of full frontal frenzy and maintains it for 81 seconds on Gagline. The final song Ass Bankwardz (good title that) rocks along as the manic vocals attack bankers! Good fun, different and good value!

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